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Opinion: Why Israel is its own worst enemy (Gideon Levy)

(CNN) -- The streets of Ashkelon were half empty when I arrived on a Monday afternoon. The latest war was under way, and Haaretz had just published a critical article I'd written about Israel's air force pilots and the grave consequences of their bombardment of Gaza.

I came to this southern Israeli town, not far from Gaza, to chronicle the fear spreading throughout Israeli communities near the border.

 

As a columnist for the country's leading liberal newspaper, I a ...

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SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

"It is all about dehumanization. As long as Israelis don't perceive Palestinians as equal human beings, there will never be a real solution. Unfortunately, dehumanizing the Palestinians has become the best tool to strengthen the occupation, to ignore and deny its crimes and enable the Israelis to live in peace, without any moral dilemmas. If the Palestinians are not human beings, there is no question about human rights. This process climaxed in this war and this is the real basis for the moral blindness which has covered Israel."

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

Arabs dehumanize themselves every day. And why did Muhammad kill the Jews of Khaybar? Who killed whom first, Jews or Arabs?

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

on the contrary, it is you who exposes his own inhumanity with racist comments like that.

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

Renegade "Jews" like Gideon Levy are Israel's worst enemies. Internal traitors are the worst enemies. Jews consider all other people as human beings. Muslims are taught that Jews are the offspring of apes and pigs and have to be killed on or before judgement day. When it comes to jews like Gideon Levy, I believe it.

Mammad

Mammad Mammad

"Jews consider all other people as human beings."

Yeah, and bomb them in Gaza if the largest open-air jail that they have created there does not behave a certain way, jail them in Israel, kill them in the West Bank, and conspire with racist regimes like the apartheid in South Africa, with dictators like the Shah, etc. etc.

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

If Moslems thought that way, they were/are completely out of place and wrong! Yet, if a dog bite you, you DO NOT bite back! Slaughtering defenseless men, women and children is not the answer and would not make you friends. Israelis were and are fast becoming a pariah nation, EVEN worst than the Islamo Fascist Republic of HELL!

And NO! I do not consider myself the "5th Column" because I criticize that vicious government. Today Netanyahu is every bit as vicious as Mullahs are, and as detrimental to the future of Israel.

Gideon is an honorable man for speaking his mind, the truth. There is a Persian proverb that says your friends are those who criticize you when you err in deeds or actions, and when wrong...on the other hand, your enemies are the enablers who do the exact opposite.

Ferdowsi, one of Iran's great poets says that it is your wise enemy, his wisdom and objectivity that brings you success; raise and help elevate you in life...and your stupid friend(s) that brings you down in destruction!

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

Hamas is slaughtering its own people just to libel Israel and claim both martyrdom and victimhood at the same time. Well, it won't work. This evil, vicious, inhumane strategy and tactics will not work. It will only end up with a lot more dead Arabs, but then they figure they have so many to sacrifice it doesn't bother them. Well, the bloodshed is on their head. As long as they continue to fire upon Israel they will get fired on back, and I feel bad for all of their sacrificial lambs but their blood is on their heads and not on ours.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

jgarbuz,

Stop following the criminal IDF's propaganda machine and switch to some alternative news outlet. Your human soul will thank you later !

Thanks
: )

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

And, of course, Israeli strategy is different??...You have created concentration camps all over the land of Palestine and expect them to be nice to you...you are either out of your mind or have hardened beyond those you criticize. Why doesn't Israel lift the siege and end the 47 year old occupation? How much more real state are you trying to steal and for how long? Your Zionist zealotry is not much different from those of Hamas, Islamic Jihad or Hezbollah!!! Where this CRAP is going to end/stop? Resemblance of what you do and the Nazis is completely undistinguishable and completely blurred!

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

Concentration camps? Perhaps reservations such as what the US and Canada have would be more appropriate?
And as I have written many times, there was no siege until Hamas took it over. As I stated many times, when I lived in the area 25,000 Gazans went to work in Israel every day. Does the US have a seige around Mexico just because it has a border? Gaza is not part of Israel, and Israel does not have any claims to Gaza, and Egypt does not want it back!

DoostIran

DoostIran

I disagree with you. I think opinions expressed my Mr. Levy goes to show that Israel is the only true democracy in the region that can tolerate opposite points of view even from within her own people. On the other hand should there be an opinion disagreeable to Hamas expressed by a Palestinian in Gaza his or her head will be chopped off. Let those who are not biased decide which of the two protagonists is the most noble. And, no, I am not a Jew. I am just an ordinary Iranian expat who is sometimes given to thinking things through.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi http://niloufarparsi.wordpress.com

It proves their deep racism in fact. Levy would be long dead if he'd been palestinian.

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

Although, in total agreement with the jest of your essay...do not know how you can justify the apartheid or slaughtering the helpless men, women and children! And for what!! So, Netanyahu can steal more Palestinian land!

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

EVer since Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelite slave traders by his brothers, the Israelites and Jews have been too tolerant of both dissent and treason both within their own as well as too forgiving and lenient with fifth columnists. I appreciate that you appreciate how tolerant we Jews have been towards both internal and external enemies but unfortunately our Arab enemies see tolerance as weakness. The Persians are a noble people. I don't think I have to tell you what I think the Arabs are. I only wish these jewish traitors would just go into the mosques, recite the shaheeda, and officially leave our tribe.

HoshangTarehgol5

Hoshang Tarehgol An injury to one is an injury to all.

Dude your living in 21 century, what's all this "tribe" nonsense?
You claim being free of anti-Arab propaganda and yet every single opportunity you have all you express is nothing but hatred and despise against Arabs. The real traitors to Jewish people are the one pursuing belligerent militaristic adventurism. Israel is getting isolated by the day.

Back in 80's and 90's they used to raise Palestinian flags inside Catholic communities of Northern Ireland. Now they're raising the Palestinian flag in Scotland and pretty soon they will raise it all over Europe. Why?

P.S. Overwhelming majority of Europeans are not Arab, Muslim or anti-Jewish.

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

I have never seen such evil people in my life as those Muslim Arabs who are prepared to sacrifice their own children for whatever it is their insane cause is. Jews would never sacrifice their children for any cause, not to kill Nazis or for any reason whatever. Even if it were true that we Jews stole all of their land, it would still be unthinkable to use children as sacrificial lambs just to get "the keys to paradise" and for virgins in the hearafter.
I don't actually blame Arabs. I blame this insane interpretation of Islam that has infected and affected their sanity.

You sake me why the Arabs are raising Palestinian flags in Europe and in Scotland? For the same reasons the Nazis raised their swastikas. To kill the Jews and conquer the world. What other reason can there be? All of these maniacs see the Jews as their obstacle to their insane goals and desires. It is a psychological phenomenon that defies all human logic and is purely based on the most primitive primordial instincts.

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

And you are doing them a great favor by murdering/sacrificing them for your selfish selves! Those who are raising those flags are not Palestinians...I have the feeling that they are not even Arabs. They are regular folks outraged by the Israeli lack of sensitivity and behavior!

HoshangTarehgol5

Hoshang Tarehgol An injury to one is an injury to all.

Revisionist Zionists were cooperating with Nazi to migrate all Jews to Palestine, what could be more evil than that? Yet you proclaim yourself a proud revisionist Zionist! Hypocritical is one description of such an attitude.

The ones raising the Palestinian flags in neighborhood of Northern Ireland & Scotland are not Arabs. They're Irish & Scottish people in solidarity with people of Palestine. You need to take your head out of the sand & see what's going on in the real world.

Tribal sentiments & reducing the heritage of a culture that has produced people like Spinoza, Freud, Eisenstein,...to a mere "tribe" that is most primitive primordial instinct. Wink, wink.

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

What was evil about Jews getting Jews out of Germany? I wish my grandmother had listened to my mother in 1936 and gone to Palestine before the Nazis came and kill my whole family. Explain what was wrong with Jews doing business with the Nazis to save Jews by getting them to Palestine???

As for the Scots-irish a lot of them are like the Arabs. They came to America and stole the lands of the "indians" the same way the Arabs came and stole the lands of the Jews.

Spinoza, Freud, Einstein were all LEFT WING atheist "citizens of the world" who believed in the goodness of man, i.e "humanism." I don't. I believe that the Jews, like every other nation, has to have their own national homeland to defend, and their own army to defend it with. I don't believe in any of this "internationalist" mumbo jumbo. The Jews were slaughtered because they were homeless and landless and had to depend on the kindness of strangers to allow them to survive here and there on a whim. Let the Arabs do that now. We did it for 2000 years. It's their turn. They have 21 Arab countries. No tears need be shed for them. The Arabs have plenty of land and oil. I shed not one tear for any of them except for the poor kids being brainwashed generation to believe in some "key to paradise" if only they let themselves be sacrificed as fodder for evil, cynical goals of crazy men with turbans and kaffiyas.

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

Because, those collaborating traitors were the same Jews who filled Nazi concentration camps with innocent human being who happened to be Jewish. And filed thus crematoriums, who worked were busy day and night!

Palestinians did not cause the holocaust, or had any hand in it, Nazis did!...So why don't you people stop dehumanizing them! Is it, because that makes it easier to slaughter them, without any backlash of conscience. The same psychological warfare trick used by the Nazis and the Japanese.

And as I mentioned before, when all this going to end or you are looking for a bigger crisis so you can better justify stealing more an more real estate!

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

The death camps came many years after that. But in fact the only one who was warning Jews to leave and come to Palestine was Zev Jabotinsky (my hero) who warned as early as 1927 after reading Mein Kampf. Throughout the early '30s he raved and ranted that Jews must leave for Palestine immediately, but most Jews were not interested in going to poverty stricken Palestine to quarrel with Arabs. My mother's girl friends went; my mother wanted to do but was stopped by my grandmother, and the entire family was murdered except for my mother who was saved by some good Christians who kept her and 4 other Jews in a spider hole in the ground for nearly 2 years till the Red Army came and liberated them.

HoshangTarehgol5

Hoshang Tarehgol An injury to one is an injury to all.

If you still can't comprehend the immorality of cooperating with Nazi, no explanation in the world could make you understand. All I could say is shame on all those who helped sending their own people to concentration camps in hopes of promoting migration to Palestine.
Your basic "logic" is essentially a variant of the Nazi notion of "might is right." But violence & force have their own limitations as well, once you exhaust that option it loses all its utility and you're left with not much might and a lot of adversaries.

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

@HoshangTarehgol5 thank you for this comment. Also, got a good *lol* out of "Dude your living in 21 century, what's all this "tribe" nonsense?"


irajkhan

iraj khan Peace Is The Way

buz,

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions will take care of the racist criminal regime of Israel and its supporters such as yourself. Hitler had supporters too just like Netanyahu does.

http://www.bdsmovement.net/

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

Keep fantasizing. As long as my adversaries dream I know they are sleeping.

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

Glad you think that way...putting your head in the sand seems to be your solution...but watch out when those dreams become reality!

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

Don't threaten the children of Holocaust survivors. There is nothing whatsoever you can do that hasn't been already done. It only hardens us. Hate only makes us harder.

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

Why don't you listen to yourself and the level of HATRED you spew out!

That can't be healthy! Netanyahu is not a friend of Israel, but the enemy. Read what Shimon Pérez had to say about the peace plan with Abbas, that Netanyahu disagreed and messed up...may be that would open your eyes...I sincerely hope so, although doubtful!

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

Don't worry. it will cost the Arabs a lot more. Israel grows 90% of its own food and 75% of its own arms. And israel has lots of natural gas now. The ones who will continue to lose will be the "Palestinian" Arabs. They will get absolutely nothing with violence. They can turn the whole universe against us, and they will still get nothing but death, which is what they say they crave anyway.

HoshangTarehgol5

Hoshang Tarehgol An injury to one is an injury to all.

I can hear nothing but arrogance of power coming out of you. The only kind of hatred in here is coming from you towards Palestinians. That puts you & Hamas at the same spot. There's no difference between Jewish extremists & Muslim extremists, you are all the same; a bunch of irrational tribal creatures.

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

I am arrogant against the so-called "Palestinians." To hell with them. They have no right to one inch of Jewish land. A pack of liars is all they are. I wouldn't waste one more second "negotiating" anything with them. We've done that since the 1920s to no avail. At best the Jewish state should dictate surrender terms to them in which case we might leave them something. Otherwise, nothing. Not even the right to come into the country as tourists.

HoshangTarehgol5

Hoshang Tarehgol An injury to one is an injury to all.

That not true, you're arrogant against Spinoza, Freud, Einstein,...and basically anyone that disagrees with you. Your incoherent, irrational rant against our Palestinian sisters and brothers borders on hate speech. Before you decide who could come in or not, you might want to think about all those Arab-Israeli citizens that will shortly constitute the majority of the "jewish state," a jewish state with majority arab population; now that's something to ponder. Cheers

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

The League of Nations recognized that Palestine is Jewish land when the country was only 8% Jewish. So it does not matter how many Arabs live on it, it remains Jewish land regardless.

jgarbuz

jgarbuz

The League of Nations recognized that Palestine was Jewish land even when Jews only constituted 8% of the population at that time in 1922. So whether or not the Jews are a majority, it remains Jewish land regardless.